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Aug 11, 2013 11:15pm EDT
anniversary stanley kurtz discusses "spreading the wealth: how obama is robbing the suburbs to pay for the cities" this is about half an hour. >> speaker stanley kurtz. she's going to talk on spreading the wealth. he's a senior fellow at the ethics and public policy center and an adjunct fellow with the institute with a special-interest in america's cultural war. she writes on family, feminism, homosexuality, affirmative action and campus political correctness. she helped publish a book entitled radical and chief which was exposing obama's lost years that nobody knows anything about. his new book is spreading the wealth. welcome mr. kurtz. [applause] thanks so much. it's great to be here. this is the second time i've had the privilege of addressing this group and i want to thank phyllis schlafly again for having me here. i always enjoy the defense. my topic today is obama's policy towards the suburbs. it's a remarkable issue and it doesn't get covered by the media. it's something people should know about. i'm going to get to that in the second but i cannot resist because i have an
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Aug 31, 2013 8:00am EDT
.. >>> up next on book tv the a did in the presidential election of barack obama. there were critical of the republican party and its nominee mitt while negligent to do the same with president obama. this is about 45 minutes. >> thank you, john and i. thanks to the heritage foundation for inviting me. i apologize ahead of schedule. so why a book about the media by yes? there is a shattering topic. when steve forbes came to me in 2010, he asked me how bad were the media in 2008 and i said 100% for barack obama. i said how is it going to be in 2012? i said worse and he laughed and said how can that be? the didn't care about john mccain. in 2012 they will not only be 100 percent in the tank for barack obama but to the feet of any republican challenging barack obama. so move forward to the end of the 2012 campaign. and i get a call from an editor at harper collins recommended that i do a book about the 2012 elections and suggesting the title "collusion" the media stole the 2012 elections. i have to confess i was cruel to the idea at first. one because i didn't think this was an e
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Aug 4, 2013 8:15am EDT
presidential election and president obama's re-election team unit losed analytics. this event from the commonwealth club of california in san francisco is about an hour and fifteen minutes. you can find us on the internet at commonwealth club.org or download the iphone or android app for program and schedule information and pod cast of past programs. how is that for a lit ration. now it's my pleasure to intro-- introduce our speaker, columnist, and writer. jonathan alter. a writer and a contributor to the bloomberg. author of the new book we'll talk about "the center holds: obama and his enemies." as i he's an analyst and contributing correspondent. you've seen him on nbc and msnbc. he worked for almost thirty years writing more than fifty cover story. me wrote for "the new york times," the wall street, vanity fair, and the new republican. he's the author of other books fkd -- he is a, in my judgment, probably one of the preimminent experts in this country on president obama. we are pleased and honored to have him here tonight to speak about his new book. our thanks to jonathan alt
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Aug 24, 2013 9:00pm EDT
aided in the re-election of president barack obama saying the media was consistently critical of the republican party and the nominee, mitt romney, while negligent to do the same with barack obama. this is about 45 minutes. [applause] >> thank you, john, and my thanks to the harming foundation for inviting me. if i cough, i got a ticklish thing going on. i apologize ahead of schedule. okay. so why a book about the media bias? there's an earth shattering topic. when steve forbes came to me in 2010, we were chatting, and he asked me how bad were the media in 2008, really? i said, is 100% in the tank for barack obama, and he said, well, how is it going to be in 2012? i said, worse. he laughed, said, how could that be? i said in 2008, they didn't care about mccain. in 2012, they will not only be 100% in the tank for barack obama, but they will be 100% committed to the defeat of anyone challenging barack obama. moving forward, and i get a call from an editor at harper collins recommending that i do a book about the 2012 elections and suggested a title "collusion: how the media stole the 2
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Aug 3, 2013 10:45am EDT
winning wait until the midnight hour, black america, and bright lights from barack obama. our third scheduled speaker is kendall thomas who is travelingy has not yet arrived but we are hoping he will take the stage as soon as he does come. i will introduce him in his absence right now. he is nash professor of law and co-founder and director of the center for the study of law and culture at columbia university and professor thomas is one of the editors of the seminole volume critical race theory, the form of the movement. the three powerful thinkers and visionary speakers. [applause] >> get settled, and make yourself comfortable and we are so glad you made it. i was saying to camille and sarah before we came on that in so many ways barack obama has set up our conversation about blacks in the twenty-first century through his comments yesterday but i want to put that in the larger context because we are trying to take the backward and forward look on this panel in our conversation. the backward look is about where have we come, where have we come to since in the 50 years since the marc
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Aug 24, 2013 8:00pm EDT
informed and must-read coverage. his new book, the "collision 2012" obama vs. romney and the future of elections in america is a follow on to the book dan and haynes johnson wrote about the 2008 campaign. and as dan says of the new book, he hadn't expected obama's second run for the presidency to turn out quite as compelling as the first groundbreaking one did but it did. the campaign did turn out to be just as compelling although in different ways. howell raines reviewing the book in the post the other day called it quote old-fashioned in a good sense, referring to the fact that it's filled with attributed quotes and closed focus reportage and thankfully lacks windy and alice's. but dam also shows a modern-day appreciation for the new technologies and social media the obama camp aim puts to such effective use. if you really want to understand why the election turned out as it did for america's political future read this book. we will be life tweeting tonight's event speaking of modern technology and social media, so you can follow along with the conversation at hashtag balz dca. dan w
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Aug 31, 2013 3:00pm EDT
author is president barack obama. as you may recall, the liberal media raved about barack obama's writing abilities in the 2008 election. back then, senator obama's resumÉ was really quite short, and his supporters said, with a straight face, that he was just marvelous because he wrote two books about himself. at first, i thought this was some kind of a joke. when senator obama became president obama, i realized that it was no joke at all, and i decided that i seriously needed to get with the program and start believing in the dreamy barack obama world of yes, we can. i thought what i needed to do was write two books about myself -- [laughter] maybe, i, too, can be president of the united states. [applause] so i sat down and wrote a book about myself called "chinese girl in the ghetto," and when people ask what the book is about these days, i politely tell them it's about my family's journey of communism china to inner city california, and it's about my journey of getting to know freedom, but what i'm really thinking, usually, what's really on my mind is that i need to hurry up a
CSPAN
Aug 7, 2013 2:00am EDT
still mess begannic, charismatic. we saw those kind of narrative working that had us president obama between malcolm x and martin luther king. some of us cringed. not because we supported barack obama. president obama was running to be leadership of the united. for some people that meant his interests were protecting these kind of corporate elite interests that are often against the interests of poor people regardless of color. and the questions of economic justice were never on the table. all right. ever. so that work in the past i would say thirty years, twenty years, that taught us to look differently at what leadership look like it seeps in the analysis every once awhile. it seeps in when we mention the name of ella baker. ic we have to go deeper. what did ella baker, not only women but what did they stand for? what did ella baker and eye data b. wells, and these were women who were more involved on the protest end because it wasn't to them. i think the freedom struggle they talked about always knew that electoral politics -- we seemed to have given that up when we put everything
CSPAN
Aug 3, 2013 1:30pm EDT
headway in that direction. and a couple of summers ago, barack obama promised us a summer of recovery which did not pan out so well, but i think this summer has really been the summer of big government. we have seen through exposures to various leaks, a lot of details emerging about the national surveillance program and the extent to which ordinary americans are ensnared in that data mining and the surveillance that is supposed to be going on to protect the country. we have seen a lot of the flaws that are inherent in obamacare. we have watched the implementation of the affordable care act sort of greek and moaned. we have seen this trend starting tough run off of the tracks. think we are starting as a country to see what is in store for us as this health care law unfolds. nancy pelosi said that we needed to pass the bill to find out what was in it. the obama administration, jay carney yesterday in a press conference promised that once all the different provisions of the bill hans von spakovsky we were really going to like it. so far that does not seem to be the case. and we
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Aug 21, 2013 7:30pm EDT
mention obama and the executive order. i have to do another column. [laughter] and try to bring the point home again. but, you know, it's not my job to run your movement or put your message out for you. t your job. and it's important the people who are involved in this be able to the late great tim in northbound y used to after a speech say what is the bumper sticker? if there is one thing that the right has achieved, better than the left, left liberal progressives, of recent years it's the bumper sticker award. being able to change the conversation, for example, the death tax. it used to be called the estate tax. not the death tax. how we can get president obama to act on that. and i want to start with alvin, if you had any thoughts on that. >> i don't you know, i believe the president has spoken on tha. what is happening. that is the problem in congress. when the president put that sign around his neck, standing besides me acknowledge that he was a man. and he acknowledged that if it wasn't for the stand that we took in '68, he wouldn't be president today. so i believe if we get t
CSPAN
Aug 26, 2013 7:30am EDT
out is you must understand that the obama campaign's 2008 and 2012, working changers. the republican party, mitt romney, i spent three weeks of traveling with mitt romney's campaign, flying on the romney campaign airplane, the last day of the campaign, mitt romney came to the back of the press section he said he had not even written a concession speech. he was that confident is going to win. on the airplane i asked one of the chief strategist of the romney campaign, if he was equally confident, and he was. i said, well, why? the whole idea, he said a good message, a good campaign message will be the ground again any time. and i said, i'm not so sure that. that's thinking, that's karl rove thinking or before 1950s, 1950. campaign about the message. what the democrats managed to do is, and it should not be underestimated, i'm a professional political scientist or i have a ph.d in political science from harvard 1972. i've studied voting behavior and presidential elections for decades. but democrats were a game changer. they are highly effective computer scientists, political scientists,
CSPAN
Aug 6, 2013 8:00pm EDT
until the midnight hour and dark days and the bright lights for to barack obama. the third is scheduled speaker is kendall thomas, who is traveling in from brazil. and unfortunately has not yet arrived but we are hoping he will take the stage as soon as he does come. i will introduce him and his absence. he's a mass producer of falcon and co director and co-founder of the center for the study of law and culture at columbia and university and is one of the editors of the critical race theory set for the movement. so we have three powerful sinkers and visionary speakers. [applause] welcome, kendall, it yourself comfortable and we are glad you made it. barack obama set up our conversation about blacks in the 21st century through his comments yesterday. but i want to put into a larger context because we are trying to take a backward and forward look on this conversation. where have we come to sense in the 50 years since the march on washington? at the same time, this particular moment is framed by the events. the first is in the three and a half weeks ago actually, the supreme cou
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Aug 1, 2013 5:00pm EDT
status with additional scrutiny, president obama promised his administration would fully cooperate with conscious in its investigations. he also stated that he directed treasury secretary lew to follow up on the i.r.s.'s inspector general audit to get more information as to how this happened and who was responsible to make sure that the public understood all the facts. i was encouraged by this initial response. as you recall, mr. president, i worked to clear the way for secretary lew's confirmation here in the senate. even though many of my colleagues had expressed legitimate concerns about his nomination. i did so in large part because i believed him when he promised to be fully transparent and cooperative with congress. when the president said that he'd ordered the secretary to get to the bottom of this, i expected him to live up to his promises to do so and to work with us as we try to do the same. imagine my surprise then to hear both the president and secretary lew state over the past week -- say that with our investigations into the i.r.s. targeting, congress was creating a -
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Aug 17, 2013 2:45pm EDT
. relations are not close at the moment because president obama does not like britain, and he makes it clear that he doesn't, so these things are trivial on the surface things. presidents come and go, and as i've said before, president obama is the winner of the king george iii award for the worst president in american history. >> host: why king george iii? >> guest: because king george iii was the king of england at the time of the american revolution, and was, to a very great extent, responsible for that revolution taking place. >> host: why did president obama, in your view, win that award? >> guest: well, one thing i didn't like about him is almost the first thing he did when he became president was that he had the boston winston church hill remove from the white house. now, churchill was not any half american himself because his mother was american, and he inherited most of the brains and brilliance from his mother, and not only was he half american, but he was the best english friend america has ever had in my opinion, and he and roosevelt formed a magnificent duo in the war to d
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Aug 28, 2013 7:00am EDT
secretary with the obama administration talked about the north korea nuclear threat, china's modernization of its arsenal, and the u.s. nuclear deterrence policy at an event hosted by the stimson center on monday. this is 90 minutes. >> good morning, everyone. i'm ellen laipson and a delight to welcome you to this event, this monday morning in late august. were delighted to see all of you for discussion on a very important international security topic, extended deterrence and strategic stability in east asia. we're really delighted to welcome brad roberts was recently finished a long tour of the defense department working on these issues as deputy assistant secretary of defense and who' who is just back from g visit in japan, talking in particular with japanese about their views of extended deterrence. and end of his remarks today will be focused in part on his research in japan but also more broadly how the u.s. looks at these issues for all of its presence and engagements in east asia. i'm very happy to turn the baton to yuki tatsumi, who is our lead japan expert here at stimson as part
CSPAN
Aug 10, 2013 7:30pm EDT
infiltrate into various capitals throughout the western world and it has managed to come under the obama administration, metastasize and so without any further ado i would like to introduce you to a wonderful individual, erick stackelbeck. [applause] >> i want to thank you for hosting this event. i look at sera as a modern-day esther or deborah. such a time as this. thank you for having me here. if you write a book, you spend a year with that and say this book can put me through pack. but i think that people are reading it. it gets into detail about the main player in the arab spring, which i refers to as the islamist winter in the butt. the muslim brotherhood is done, out of power in egypt, we don't have to worry about them. this is the postmortem of history. it has been has the muslim brotherhood, the leaders were killed and imprisoned in the group was banned for decades. the headquarters was burned to the ground. completely suppress by the egyptian military. like the jihad event has come to refuse to die. so thank god it was only a year. but it appears the administration that is wistf
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Aug 27, 2013 7:00am EDT
. >> host: republicans love to go barack obama of socials and talked about in a sort of a european left-winger. but in reality even the european left has accepted that basic what came to be known as the washington consensus, although you are arguing really that it belongs in an earlier time period. but even the left except that basic principles about markets, been threatened by the last few years. do you think that the financial crash of 2008 and the ongoing drama associate with that in europe especially could finally spell the end of the market oriented consensus? >> guest: i think it has in many ways. as i tell people, if you are 25 in the united states today and she can't find a job and you are saddled with $100,000 in college debt, i wonder if you're going to believe in capitalism the way somebody did the went to college in the early 1980s and was born into complete a different world, right? i think that's -- that's what's happened with the financial crisis is a deeply undermined a lot of our faith in capitalist institutions. but again no one has found a language to bring the opposi
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Aug 10, 2013 8:00am EDT
mid '60s and about how the steel crisis there led to the launching of barack obama's career as a community organizer. so that's the tie-in to the previous book i wrote which is called young mr. obama, chicago and the making of a black president. okay. this is from a chapter titled a rust bowl, and the term rust belt was actually originally rust bowl. and the first usage i found for it was in "time" magazine, and it was popularized by walter mondale when he accused president reagan of turning the midwest into a rust bowl, and then it was alter inside the way of journalism to match the sunbelt and whatever other belts we have. the term -- >> the bible belt, yeah. >> the term before the rust belt was the frost belt. anyway, on the east side of chicago, life did not run according to the laws that nature imposed on the rest of the world. when night fell on other neighborhoods, those neighborhoods stayed dark until the next morning. on the east side, the night sky burned red when u.s. steel, republic steel or wisconsin steel dumped the waste product of steel making. the steel mills cre
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Aug 20, 2013 2:00pm EDT
security correspondent who criticized president obama on handling of al-qaeda. >> with obama, this is a line i came up with. i think that president obama talks like a comparative religion professor and acts like a blackwater executive in the sense that he has really pushed a lot of the war and expanded a lot of the global war on terror, but he's done it, you know, think secret and classified operations, and there's an extraordinary document about a little irnd a year and a half, a year and quarter, and it's, like, a notification to congress, and, yes, we are doing activities in yemen, somalia, and pakistan, and nowhere else. they are complicated partnerships and almost secret wars conducted entirely at the highest classification level. obama's done a lot of that, yet he does not talk about it and has chosen to wage the war in secret, and i would just say this. the thing about doing things under so much secrecy is that just as you expand it and not tell congress and the american people, you can also take it away and not have a debate either so, you know, there's a lot of trust right now,
CSPAN
Aug 1, 2013 9:00am EDT
of granting a permanent delay or helping all americans, president obama and his supporters are trying to convince the american people that this health care law is working just fine. once again, the obama administration is lecturing the american people instead of listening to the american people. they think that if they just give more speeches and deliver more sales pitches, that the american people will finally like this law. it's not going to happen. but just look at how far the obama administration is willing to go with its latest sales pitch. last week, cnn reported that the administration called together a bunch of hollywood celebrities, hollywood celebrities to help convince young americans to buy expensive health coverage. mr. president, the youth of america are not going to fall for it, even though many of these hollywood stars are great actors who always remember their lines, young americans understand that obamacare is the wrong script for america. even though some of these stars deliver funnyjection on "saturday night live," they are -- funnyjection on "saturday night
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Aug 28, 2013 2:00pm EDT
. .. president obama is going russia next week. this just getting underway. >> i'll give a sort of brief introduction of them. say that have yet more accomplishments in your biography panel, but it's a all brookings panel. we're proud of. on my far right is steve pfeiffer. he has held every position related to russia. he's been the ambassador to ukraine. he's most recently the author of "the opportunity" which is about new opportunity for arms control. to my right is angela -- stint who is director of the center director on russia, and a nonresident senior fellow here. she has a book coming out in january called "the limit of partnership: u.s.-russia relations." it's a more substantial book than this. and i think, you know, it promises, i guess, to have 85 years worth of pre-- predictions in it. that's very impressive. i look forward to it. [laughter] on my left is cliff who is senior fellow at brookings, and the author of two recent i think very important book you should read. the first is called "mr. putin operative" which is almost a -- psychoanalysis how mr. putin became to be who he
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Aug 11, 2013 2:30pm EDT
into our very own. it has managed to, under the obama administration, metastasize and has been influencing power. without any further ado are like to introduce you to have wonderful individual, erick stackelbeck. [applause] >> i want to thank sarah for a first of all hosting this event and the endowment for middle east troops has such phenomenal work. i looked at sarah as a modern-day esther, deborah. i really do. such a time as this to thank god for the organization and when you're doing and think of revving a year. you don't want to look at it. i know people are reading it. this is really the first book since the so-called arab spring broke out that gets into detail about the main player and the arabs during, which i referred to as the as long as winter in the book. so actually i have to say, i don't even know why we're having this event because the muslim brotherhood is time. they're gonna come out of power. we don't have to worry about them anymore. the postmortem. if only it were so. the muslim brotherhood has been down this road before, as i document in the book. the musl
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Aug 7, 2013 7:00pm EDT
. especially now with the drone warfare going on under mr. president obama which is much worse than under bush. which i never expected. i think we are creating new enemy for the future. >> host: what can you think of president obama getting nobel peace prize? >> guest: i said it before in public. i'm not going to have a problem saying it again. i don't think it was his problem, so to speak. i think the committee made a gross error of judgment. he had not done anything to, you know, to deserve it at that point in time. and the terms of nobel are quite clear that it should go to a person -- in any given here has done, you know, great service to disengage armies or as held global peace conference to bring about change. president obama had done nothing at that time. in fact, he was engaged in two wars, which i thought no matter what he had done. if you are sitting head of state engaged in war how can you get the nobel peace prize? when he came out of the white house and said that he didn't think he deserved it, i was ready to clap. i thought that was really outstanding. i would have clapped i
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Aug 18, 2013 10:00pm EDT
the obama administration terms it, does not clearly state what the objective of the rebalance and is. it is to counter the military power in the region with the slight redistribution of naval forces away from the rest of the world and to asia that the administration has announced will not keep pace with china's arms buildup and will not keep peace either end with 500 million already subtracted from the defense department from the first obama administration and sequestration will move at equal amount, where will the funds come from to deploy and maintain a larger pacific fleet in the future? a substantial portion of "mayday" looks at the size of today's fleet and its prospects for growth for the future. but the question is to what and? i believe our security is best served if we have a clear understanding of the strategy to secure our interest and those of our allies but i don't think we do. notwithstanding the question of this seapower for it is quite serious. at the end of the cold war u.s. combat fleets the goal of reagan said of 600 ships and 15 carrier battle said. at approximate
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Aug 31, 2013 10:15am EDT
obama despite what the courts have done. we have seen these glorious court decisions that seemed to vindicate the rights of the detained but the executive branch has found a way to circumvent the spirit of that. and obama is no exception. in guantanamo there are quite a few prisoners the governor admits it has no evidence against and they are not a flat but it can't release for one reason or another. they've been there for over 11 years and the treatment there is outrageous and we have gone a long way from this idea of today's to 11 years and so now just this week the circuit court sided with the obama administration in the indefinite detention people to keep people without due process. i know a lot of people are outraged and think this is entirely unprecedented. unfortunately it's not unprecedented. where i do see hopeless throughout this entire history there were people, there were idealists who saw the on the legal jargon and all of the technicalities of all that what was important was the principles of liberty and the principle that it's wrong. it's a wrong thing to do to put so
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Aug 25, 2013 11:45pm EDT
firm. >> did other presidents build on what george washington that? >> absolutely. the obama administration has been criticized for investigating the press and the press leaks. john adams asked congress for del law called the alien and sedition act and put 12 newspaper publishers in jail and one member of the house of representatives for criticizing the president, just criticizing the government. they were put in jail. none of the things that are happening in our democracy today is new. these things have been going on since the beginning of time and it's the price that we pay for living in a free society. everybody else is not going to agree with us. >> final question and a preview of the book what is the relationship between thomas jefferson and george washington like? >> very cold because jefferson was in those days called a jacoven and he believed that people should be freed and all the people should have a vote and should be free to vote as they wanted to. he thought the population was capable of delving into itself and washington did not. washington believed then only la
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Aug 27, 2013 2:00pm EDT
conversation with just not among us. also i applaud president obama for his statement on the martin case when he came out of his 17 minute speech from his heart that talked about that because he was able as president of the united states of america and as a black man to convey to people who do not think they are racist the kind of things that happened to him in terms of locked doors and everything. because no one will come out to you and say i made racist. they don't think they are recessed until you actually call them out on something. we need to have more of a discussion. you also need to help your friends as they do things they do not believe that's racist to kind of pull them aside and say now do you know how that made me feel? do you know when you just did? no, i'm not a racist. but you need to tell them and have a discussion in the silo. race is a very uncomfortable thing to talk about. >> do you want to come in here, delia? >> this makes me sad because it goes back to the 150 years how long this is going to take when we think of trayvon martin as a policy response we need to help
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Aug 8, 2013 5:00pm EDT
endure and obama sign in my front yard. [laughter] what i understand is why we can't just come up with good ideas and agree on good ideas. this seems like we're back to being republicans are democrats. i am an american. i was not able to love for the person i wanted to in this last election because of the rules and oklahoma are so harsh. a big problem, i think it would be ed kennedy headed defund the federal government. most of the stuff we do at the local level seems to be doing okay. i have an idea that maybe if we started estate paying our federal taxes to the state and lead in the state defined, we might get something done that way. my question is. i have a lot of things, and i don't expect it listened all of them. my big question is, i don't think a lot of people understand since 1970 the fed has created our currency out of nothing but thin air. and the only reason we have been able to go on as long as we have is because it is the world's currency. and once people decide to quit taking american dollars, which looks like china and russia have already started that process, we are go
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Aug 5, 2013 8:30pm EDT
now president obama then seems to understand and he talked about courageously during the campaign and pledged not just to draw american troops from iraq but also the american mindset that had gotten into the strategic mistake to invade iraq in the first place and pledged to change the middle east policy but instead the obama administration has pursued policies as the predecessors the same policies that did such damage to our strategic position and as a result the obama administration today is not just providing a stalled middle east peace process but the demise of the true state solution to the palestinian conflict and while the above it ministration military intervention in libya can and overthrow gadaffi it is now e. incubating in libya a significant threat to american security interests and as the detail in our book, going to tehran deal gone bad restoration has gone beyond the bush administration to trim the islamic republic to argue what we say is ward dangerous to discredit a gauge of it as a strategy to deal with the islamic republic of iran to say they tried to reach out a
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Aug 11, 2013 12:30am EDT
of state for east asia a position he held for the first four years of the obama administration. he was critically important and played a think a pivotal role in the development of president obama strategy of pivoting united states towards asia and in that context particularly interesting to learn from curt about the lessons that can be drawn from michael's "rendezvous with destiny" it. curt in apposition received the distinguished service award. i point that out because i too received that award so i know how difficult it is to achieve it. [laughter] nobody could possibly remember the negotiations but i dare say everyone ago remember the role that kurt campbell played in shaping american strategy towards asia. and so it is with great distinction that i receive that award. as i said he was the founder and co-founder of the center for new american -- a great think-tank that is doing terrific and influential work on national defense policy here in washington. before that he was the senior vice present structure of international security program and csi s. the center for strategic and
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Aug 7, 2013 9:00am EDT
2010 president obama started to move a little bit away from that robust rhetorical emphasis on two wars, and i think he was correct to do that because saddam hussein was gone. and even though iraq is obviously still very turbulent, it's much less likely to be an overland invasion threat to its neighbors. iran's still there in the middle east, obviously, but it's also relatively unlikely to be an invasion threat. it could be a lot of other kinds of threat, but probably not an invasion threat. so that was 2010. then in 2012 in this famous defense strategic guidance that we're referring to, the january guidance, the administration softened a little further and talked about that second war perhaps not really needing to be, you know, thought of as an all-out war at all. although there was still the notion that you might have to punish a second aggressor and maybe wait for the first war to be concluded before we could really deal with it properly. so there's some semantics here. >> it's like playing with reality. >> a little bit. but still i would have supported the logic through that po
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Aug 29, 2013 10:00am EDT
the process of diplomatic engagement. even after i spoke with president obama before the weekend. i called president putin on monday and had a long discussion with him about the issue. we're a a long way apart. the one issue e agree about is get the georgia geneva process going. the assurance i can give him. if there was any action, it would be immediately taken other biff running a political process once again, and britain will do everything in the power to make it happen. let me answer a final question that has been pushed in the debate over recent days. and that is the question of whether this will risk radicalizing more young muslims including people in britain. it's a vital question and not asked enough in 2003. it was asked in the national security council yesterday and we received considered able analysis from the counterterrorism expert. one is there in no room for complacency. the legal proportion of unfocused action proposed will not be a significant new course of really a callization and extremism. young muslim in the region and here in britain are looking at the pictures
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Aug 19, 2013 7:00pm EDT
first year -- it's either going to be romney's first year or obama, you know in the last thing he'll never run for re-election again. we won't have to worry about it. this is going to be their window cut the budget in some significant way or at least have an outline for cutting the budget and reform the tax system in some kind of significant way. the question is, will it be the big picture we forms we need or is it going to be a 12-month solution? but they're going to have to do something that is going -- i hate to say that. >> host: everybody? >> guest: darn near. it may be that -- and, you know, if you up -- hurt the upper income people? i think so. the only reason i hesitate probably at the bottom of the income scale care will be taken to make sure they are not hurt. >> host: what would you say to somebody -- listening to the candidates and promise that you elect me and everything will be fine. >> guest: yeah. >> host: that happened, what four years ago? two years ago? >> guest: and it happened eight years ago and twelve years ago and fourteen years ago. the answer is everybody is
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Aug 22, 2013 10:00am EDT
. [inaudible conversations] >> president obama arriving at in this hour in buffalo where he is beginning a two-day bus trip through upstate new york and pennsylvania highlighting his proposals for making college education more affordable. in a speech that you can watch live here at c-span2, it's set for 11:05 this morning, he will unveil a number of measures including tuition costs, graduation rates and the average earning of graduates. for more on the president's bus tour, we spoke with a "usa today" reporter. >> host: mr. jackson, could you kind of highlight some to have message that the president will bring, especially a new take on how colleges should be ranked and how that ties to financial aid. >> guest: exactly, yes. this is the latest in a series of speeches he's been giving on the middle class, and this week's topic, as you mentioned, is college affordability. and he's going to outline a revamped plan for how to reduce those costs. first of all, it involves what he calls payment for performance. as you mentioned, he's going to the propose that colleges be ranked in terms of how they'r
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Aug 5, 2013 5:00pm EDT
steps that were taken during the obama administration and the steps by the federal reserve the steps collectively hadn't been taken i believe we would have gone into a depression. so i think it is a small price to be paid the additional debt that was taken. as much as i hate that. there was a concern about the debt that was occurring and i was first elected back in 1986i was deeply concerned about the trajectory that the country was on for the record deficits today with respect to domestic spending that is really not the problem. in 1968, 69 we were up almost 14% of gdp and the domestic discretionary spending by 1998 it was down to 6%. the domestic discretionary spending was dramatically reduced. in 2012 that was back out to just over 8% of gdp somewhere close to where it was in 68 or 69. under the budget control act we are going to go down to 5% of gdp by 2022, a record low. so it's not appropriate account in my judgment where the account access. the problem exists in my judgment. the health care accounts back in 1970 were headed down the trajectory for 12% of gdp and the health car
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Aug 9, 2013 8:00pm EDT
obama? >> guest: i remember my mother, when he was nominated, we were in montreal hazel and i were. she called me at the hotel 93. she said, she was crying, she said it's the greatest day of my life. -- america is many places. it's tolerant, accepting within and place where views can be moderated and differences can be reconciled. the candidacy of president obama it's not only important to the black community. it's important to other segments of america as well. but he still faces a vicious kind of. it's not the same richmond, virginia, i saw when i was young. i think there were several americas. i had grown tired of at least one of them. >> host: in the book you write america never helps anyone. even the starving unless it's proposed assistance can be tied to an american interest either strategic or economic and one cannot always distinguish one from the other. it's >> guest: it's largely true in foreign tan. it has to be associated with a strategic purpose. when we look at what we did as a country to haiti. thomas jefferson did everything he could to defeat the haitian revolution
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Aug 26, 2013 1:20am EDT
on the obama administration. that presented this as a kind of bargain that people would giveaway their freedom for the sake of this material you taupe ya. i look at that as a number of friends as well. is it a scholarly book or popular book? >> i'm hoping it's a scholar book and a lot of footnotes and citizenships. and but i have been told that i have the common touch and, you know, basically about webster and about about the south park. i hope both audience can enjoy the book. >> is there a danger you're putting motive to directors and writers that don't exist? >> there's a danger but i don't see the harm that would be done. i have an introduction that discusses the book method logically and explains why the model of intension is a little naive. often we have a notion there's a single author who must have everything planned out in advance. one thick i learned about television particularly movies as well they are collaborative venture and the -- in fact as the the team write the somehow. they play off each other. they don't go in to it knowing what they're doing or having the ful
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Aug 28, 2013 10:00am EDT
participated in the civil rights marches in the 1960s including congressman john lewis. president obama is scheduled to speak at 2:45 eastern and we have all the event live right now on c-span. peer on c-span2 we will be live at noon eastern with a discussion by travel industry representatives, proposed changes to online travel purchases, a congressional internet caucus advisory meeting holds a hearing on capitol hill, the transportation department is proposing to require airlines to disclose their fees. at 2:00 eastern with a live again, and president obama heading to russia for the g 20 summit for the brookings institution, to look at issues between the two nations including policy towards syria. all this week, 7:15 eastern on c-span2 we are featuring washington journal's spotlight on magazines. atlantic magazine correspondent james fallows wrote about california governor jerry brown. >> in our original series' first ladies, influence and image, we look at the public and private lives of the women who served as first lady during the nation's first 1 twelve years and as we move into the m
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Aug 4, 2013 7:00pm EDT
: obama versus rom and the future of elections in america," dan balz gives an inside look at the presidential campaigns of mitt romney and barack obama. brenda wineapple chronicles the social, political and cultural history of the u.s. leading up to the civil war and the reconstruction period that followed in "ecstatic nation." in "manson: the life and times of charles manson," jeff quinn chronicles the life of charles manson. "pink be sari revolution. " in "hothouse," the survival of art at america's most celebrated publishing house. robert wilson, editor of "the american scholar," recounts the life and career of civil war era photographer matthew brady in matthew brady: portraits of a nation. look for these titles in bookstores this coming year and watch for the authors in the near future on booktv and on booktv.org. >> booktv is on location at bookexpo america which is the annual publishers' trade show held in new york city. and we're talking with the publisher of chicago review press about some of their upcoming titles. cynthia sherry, what do you have coming out this year? >
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Aug 15, 2013 8:00pm EDT
. president obama delivered a statement today in martha's vineyard on the situation in egypt. condemning yesterday's violence that left more than 500 people dead. here is a little of what the president had to say. >> that's why we are so concerned about recent events. we appreciate the complexity of the situation. mohammed morsi was elected president in a democratic election, his government was not clues -- inclusive and did not respect all the views of all the egyptians. we know many egyptians, millions of egyptians, operators a majority of gippings were calling for a change in course. while we do not believe that force is the way to resolve political differences, after the military's intervention there remain a chance for reconciliation and ab opportunity to pursue a democratic path. instead we have seen a more dangerous path taken through arbitrary arrests, broad crack down on mr. morsi's associations, and supporters and wounded thousand more. the united states strongly condemns the steps that have been taken by egypt's interriment government and security forces. we deplore violence a
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Aug 9, 2013 11:00pm EDT
that president obama reads and i went back and found 10 of them who had written to the president. it has been a pretty good read. when that is done, then we go on to act of congress and another guy at "the washington post" and back in the 1970s there was a big difference between then and now it is just that these guys have written. collision 2012 is written and there was a similar writing back in the 2008 campaign. all the guys involved, and that is coming out in august. the other one is through the perilous fight, which is by steve bulger, also someone i used to work with closely. we look back at the six weeks during the war of 1812. >> we saw the movie. two let us know what you are reading this summer. post on her facebook page or send us a twitter tweet or send us e-mail at booktv@c-span.org. >> mayor and council chairman, they face each other in one of the most contentious and expensive elections in the recent history. raising nearly $5 million in an attempt to hold onto his seat. and vincent gray race only $2 million. but shortly after he took office in 2011, a candidate for may
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Aug 20, 2013 10:00am EDT
that president obama's apparatus in both of the last elections showed that there is a way to organize and include a lot of people. and get people out to vote. so i think there are a lot of specific things that need to be done. i think that mostly what we have to do is keep on doing what we were doing in the fence of fighting every time -- in the sense of fighting every time we see a voter suppression action, we fight it. >> [inaudible] >> change, for all these reasons. and i think that the voting, voting, the desire to vote t is improving. the activity is more likely to take place. what we need is to have a sharp policy agenda that a people can attach their democratic participation to. >> christian, we have an optimistic panel. everybody join me -- [applause] >> that concludes our third panel. i'd now like to invite up to the stage the inspiration behind this project on behalf of the economic policy institute. our director of the program on race, ethnicity and the economy, mr. algernon austin. [applause] >> hello, hello. thank you all for your participation here today. this is just on
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Aug 26, 2013 2:00pm EDT
president obama. we will have live coverage of approximately 11 a.m. eastern time on our companion network c-span as well as c-span radio. ahead of wednesday's ceremony celebrating the march on washington 50 years ago, the kellogg foundation hosted an event on race in america. we'll show the entire conversation later on the networks, but here's a preview. >> i think mark raised the question, point out the voting rights is a key issue on the minds of so many people. we've seen, i guess the question i would put out is where to go next based on this? what is next? >> the folks -- we focus right now, focus on three or four big things. we've got to get comprehensive immigration reform through. we have to get section four of the voting rights act restored. we have to raise the minimum wage and perhaps quite frankly race it-ever have before. and then folks are okasan stand your ground law's and racial profiling. and the agenda that comes after the trayvon martin tragedy and, frankly, some of the other tragedies. tragedies. those are four big ones that seem to be right in front of most fol
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Aug 16, 2013 6:00am EDT
another author, and that author is president barack obama. as you may recall, the liberal media raved about barack obama's writing ability in the 2008 election. back then, senator obama's rÉsume was quite short, and his supporters often would say with a straight face, that he was just marvelous because he wrote two marvelous books about himself. at first i thought it was a joke. when senator obama actually became president obama, i realized it was no joke at all, i decided that i seriously needed to get with the program. and start believing in the dreamy barack obama world of yes, we can. so i thought that what i needed to do was to write two books about myself, and maybe i too can be president of the united states. [laughter] [applause] so i sat down and wrote a book about myself called "chinese girl in the ghetto." when people asked me what the book is about these days, i usually politely tell them it's about my family's journey from communist china to inner-city oakland california. it's about my journey of getting to know freedom. what i'm really thinking. usually what is really o
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Aug 5, 2013 12:00pm EDT
president obama's vote totals. naturally, overwhelming support for the president from african-americans. and over 70% of the hispanic voters voted for president obama. but that wasn't the second strongest group for the president. the second strongest group were asian-americans. asian-americans view this issue very personally too. they're immigrants to this country. asian-americans voted in higher percentages for the president than hispanic americans. so if, you know, a fellow like john mccain is a very honest man and comes forward and says there are parts of america where the republican party doesn't have a chance if we don't identify ourselves on the right side of immigration reform. and he has been very open bit. he said those words. john as the credentials to speak when it comes to that and i think if the republicans in the house do not respond to this issue, honestly, in a comprehensive way, it is going to continue to overshadow any other political issue among certain groups in america. okay? >> thank you everybody. >> let me thank, i want to again point out that here we have the bu
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Aug 26, 2013 8:30pm EDT
why president obama has made it such a priority to stop the proliferation of these weapons and lock them down where they do exist. there is a reason why president obama has made clear to the outside regime that this international norm cannot be violated without consequences. and there is a reason why no matter what you believe about syria all peoples, though all nations who believe in the cause of our common humanity must stand up to assure that there is accountability in the use of chemical weapons so that it never happens again. >> the building of human rights would be one of the foundations on which we would does in the world an active spirit in which peace could grow. >> i don't think the white house has completely blown to one person. it belongs to the people of america and i think whoever lives in it should preserve its tradition and enhance it and leave something of themselves there. next on booktv author susan crawford talks about her book "captive audience" the telecom industry and monopoly power in the new gilded age. she argues that america's economic future could be thre
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Aug 30, 2013 12:00pm EDT
obama did a little over a year ago, i think? >> last august. >> pardon? >> last august. >> last august, deferred action for childhood arrivals policy, and that takes -- that says to the dreamers, those that fall under your bill, the dreamers, that they can get kind of a -- correct me if i'm wrong, a provisional status, a work permit, a work thing, where that if they can show that they came as a young dreamer, that they are going to school. they don't have a criminal record, they get a work permit, and they will not be kicked out of the country. they will not face what you talked about, the specker of getting kicked out of the country if you're picked up in the back of the car for speeding or anything like that. that has been a great policy. that's only been in existence since last year. we applauded the president for doing that, and i thought we all supported it. just a week ago, there was an amendment in the house of representatives on a bill to sprit funding and end that program. that means that people like our two friends here would have that taken away from them. they could then vo
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Aug 3, 2013 6:30pm EDT
essays letters and poems. ms. walker opines on a range of topics from health care to the obama presidency for about 45 minutes. >> i am very happy to see all of you. it's a wonderful evening to be in the city, which i know of unfortunately through so many of your disasters, but i was thinking, looking at the fountains, there is a little one you have for the children and a bigger one for the adults and i was thinking about water flows in peace of the history that is so fitted for me of the bombing of the people of the imprisonment of my media, that history is not the whole story and it's very good to remember that and to see that we make our way every day, every single step can be a different direction. so as i was thinking about what i wanted to talk about and read about and i don't have a whole lot of time but i wanted to start by mentioning something that i find very disturbing which is that you know our country and we are not alone. this country is not the only country making a lot of war in the world that we are make you some really terrible big ones. please bomb and shoot
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Aug 24, 2013 7:00am EDT
direction that we go when it comes to our policy on the economy, democrats and the president obama's leadership are focused on job creation, trying to continue to get the economy turned around, pushing for place to sequester with a balanced approach to deficit reduction where we make targeted spending cuts rather than taking the hacks on republican support like the sequester eliminating head start, which cut meals on wheels for seniors, cause us to have to put federal employees on furlough, even national guard members who are defending as in the path of hurricanes during hurricane season, that is the agenda the republicans have embraced and if they continued down the path of extremism through the fall and next year, what i think is going to happen is it will give up more opportunities to expand, to win congressional races no one is predicting we have a chance to win now and that is why we're doing everything we can in the democratic party to aggressively continue on mass expansion. in arizona, after this i will be going to texas for the next few days where there have been huge demogr
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